Bronze tripod base for a thymiaterion (incense burner)

Etruscan, Vulci

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

Originally, these solid-cast bronzes were attached to the base of a special type of pyramid-shaped incense burner known from more complete examples in the Vatican Museums and in Olympia. Each leg consists of a carefully rendered lion's paw with wings surmounted by a nude youth with long hair. This same motif was used on the legs of candelabra and cistae (toiletries boxes).

Bronze tripod base for a thymiaterion (incense burner), Bronze, Etruscan, Vulci

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